Posted May 02, 2013

Clay Buchholz accused of cheating by two Blue Jays analysts

MLB

Two Toronto Blue Jays analysts have accused Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz of doctoring his pitches in Wednesday’s 10-1 Red Sox victory.

Former pitcher and current Blue Jays analyst Dirk Hayhurst tweeted that he saw Buchholz “loading the ball” with a substance during Wednesday’s broadcast. And former Blue Jays star Jack Morris said it looked like Buchholz, at one point, was throwing a “spitter.”

“I found out because the guys on the video camera showed it to me right after the game,” Morris said, according to ESPN. “I didn’t see it during the game. They showed it to me and said, ‘What do you think of this?’ and I said, ‘Well, he’s throwing a spitter. Cause that’s what it is.”

After his tweet late Wednesday night, Hayhurst told Toronto radio station Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Thursday that Buchholz was “absolutely” cheating in Wednesday’s start.

For his part, Buchholz didn’t take too kindly to the suggestion that he was cheating. He said he loads his arm with rosin and occasionally wets his fingers to get a better grip. He was backed up by Red Sox manager John Farrell, who was visibly irritated when answering questions about it.

“He’s got rosin on his arm,” Farrell said, according to ESPN. “He’s not loading up. He’s got rosin on his arm. As soon as someone pitches well or does well, they’re cheating.”

Buchholz (6-0) leads the majors in wins and the AL in ERA (1.01).


8 comments
AlvisIsnotevil
AlvisIsnotevil

When your team is losing and vastly underperforming expectations that were raised by free agent spending, you tell your analysts to put out whatever distractions you can. After all, it's not that the Jays suck, it's that everybody else must be cheating, right?

GeoffreyHolland
GeoffreyHolland

Dirk Hayhurst is an idiot no matter what he says. And Jack Morris is no hall of famer.

brighat
brighat

A guy using vaseline and spit to doctor the ball seems like nothing compared to those who 'roid up. Blue Jays should be more concerned about their season going down the drain than Clay Buchholz's tactics or the fact that John Farrell actually is a good manager if you give him some talent to work with. If it helps him (and it has) then more power to Clay. Pitchers have been doctoring the ball for years. Nothing new here.

masqerader19
masqerader19

 @GeoffreyHollandAnd let me guess you think Dennis Eckersley is? compare the 2. Morris deserves to be in the hall of fame... WIns, championships etc.  Ecks played a role that most baseball people agree has no meaning.  But Dennis Eckersley is probably still angry over Robbie taking him yard.. oh and losing to Jack Morris and the eventual world championship bluejays

riley8
riley8

 @brighat So of all people YOU get to decide which ILLEGAL things are now allowable?  Just as long as you use the steroid angle all is well right?  Ever heard two wrongs don't make a right? 

GeoffreyHolland
GeoffreyHolland

 @masqerader19  @GeoffreyHolland Huh? Why bring Eck into this? Let's see, one Cy Young (and 5 other seasons where he got votes), one MVP (and 4 other seasons where he got votes), 197 wins AND 390 saves.  Sure Morris has more rings, but Eck did his bit, with a career 3.00 ERA in the post-season. Eck would have had a case to be in the Hall based entirely on his relief stats, let alone including his starting career.

 

Morris was lucky to get a ring in 1992, his performance in the post-season THAT year was awful. Remember, he was 0-3 which made his career post season ERA 3.80. Morris was an excellent pitcher, a grinder, a workhorse who had some amazing performances in the post-season, but he's not a hall of famer. No Cy Youngs, no MVPs, he was never the best pitcher in the league at any time.

sec55
sec55

 @riley8  @brighat 

Two wrongs don't make a right, but there's only one wrong here, and that's Jays' broadcasters making false accusations. Buchholz is using rosin, which is legal.

 

Some important data points:

 

1. None of the Jays' players or coaching staff complained. If he had been doctoring, they would have.

 

2. You can tell when a ball is doctored right away. It does weird stuff, dipping and moving in odd and unexpected ways. CB's pitches were extremely effective, but moved in ways that you would expect normal breaking balls and fastballs to act. Nothing out of the ordinary.

 

This sounds to me like an attempt by Jays broadcasters to explain away why a team that spent so much money in the offseason is failing to produce, and to distract attention from their failures.